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Prospero's AmericaJohn Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676$
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Walter W. Woodward

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833018

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895931_woodward

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Alchemical Vision Refined

Alchemical Vision Refined

(p.138) Five Alchemical Vision Refined
Prospero's America

Walter W. Woodward

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Robert Child's confrontation with Massachusetts, which ultimately led to his leaving New England, and Uncas's resistance to John Winthrop, Jr.'s protection of the Pequots, which limited and ultimately forced a redefinition of Winthrop's original conception for the alchemical plantation. The difficulties these crises posed undermined much of the original vision with which Winthrop had started his project. Establishing the riverine plantation, Winthrop came to realize, would take decades, not days. The black lead mine, too, would take years to adequately test. To be sure, Child, who had retested the mine's ore samples and this time found silver content, remained enthusiastic about its potential, even while under house arrest in Boston, and he remained so once back in England.

Keywords:   Robert Child, Uncas, Winthrop, Pequots, alchemical plantation

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